23 February 2017: Pasifika Futures mourns loss of Her Majesty, Queen Mother of Tonga, Halaevalu Mata’aho

It is with deep sadness that we have learnt of the untimely passing of Her Majesty, Queen mother of Tonga, the late Halaevalu Mata’aho.

On behalf of our Chairman, Board of Directors and Staff, Pasifika Futures would like to express our deepest condolences to His Royal Highness, King Tupou VI, Princess Sālote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita, their families and the people of the Kingdom of Tonga.

“I have had the privilege of meeting Her Majesty on numerous occasions and was inspired by her leadership and the example she set,” says Pasifika Futures Chief Executive Debbie Sorensen.

“She has served the Kingdom and the people of Tonga as a mother-head figure distinguished by her genuine compassion, personal humility, warmth and concern for the welfare of all Tongans in Tonga and wherever they are in the world.”

“Her Majesty will always be remembered for her spirited and cultural leadership, humbleness, elegance, generosity and a role model for us Tongan women. She has been an amazing woman,” says Mrs Sorensen.

“During this time of bereavement, our prayers are with the people of Tonga and the Royal family.”

“May her legacy live on, and may her soul rest in eternal peace.”


For more information contact Angie Enoka, Communications Manager on 021 809 137 or angie@pasifikafutures.co.nz